STD Testing Specialist

South Texas Family Medicine and Urgent Care Center -  - Family Medicine

South Texas Family Medicine and Urgent Care Center

Family Medicine & Primary Care Practices located in San Antonio, TX

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common among people who are sexually active, which is why routine STD testing is essential. At South Texas Family Medicine and Urgent Care Center, the expert family medicine team offers STD testing at the San Antonio, Texas, office. Call to schedule an STD screening or book an appointment online today.

STD Testing Q & A

What is STD testing?

STD testing includes a variety of diagnostic tests that detect the presence of sexually transmitted diseases in the body. STDs are commonly caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses. Common STDs include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Herpes
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Trichomoniasis 
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis 

Untreated, STDs can spread to sexual partners and cause complications. If you’re sexually active and at risk of contracting an STD or you have symptoms, see the South Texas Family Medicine and Urgent Care Center team right away.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

You may not have any symptoms with STDs, which is why routine STD testing is important if you’re at risk of contracting one. If you experience STD symptoms, you may notice:

  • Painful or burning urination
  • Bumps or sores in the genital area
  • New or unusual vaginal or penis discharge
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Rash on the hands, feet, or trunk

Symptoms could appear a few days up to several years after being exposed to an STD through vaginal, anal, or oral sexual intercourse.

What should I expect during STD testing?

To find out if you have an STD, your South Texas Family Medicine and Urgent Care Center provider reviews your sexual health history and symptoms and completes a physical exam, including a pelvic exam in women.

Common STD tests include blood and urine tests. Your provider might also test fluid samples from open gential sores, if any exist.

What happens if I have an STD?

If you’re diagnosed with an STD, your provider discusses treatment options. Some STDs are curable by taking prescription medications, while others are managed with treatments that minimize symptoms. 

If you have an STD, inform any sexual partners about your condition as it’s possible to spread the disease — even if you’re currently taking medications to cure an STD or manage its symptoms. During treatment, you must abstain from sexual intercourse and your partner must get treated, too.

To reduce the risk of STD transmission, abstain from having sexual intercourse, have sex with just one mutually monogamous partner, or use a condom every time you have sex.

To learn more about STD testing and find out if it’s right for you, call the South Texas Family Medicine and Urgent Care Center office or schedule an appointment online today.